Satoshi and new challenges


“The Room of Spirit and Time” is the room where warriors have unique training and refine their spirits. This room is depicted in the Japanese animation, Dragon Ball. One day in this room equals one year in the real world. It is how one Japanese alumnus described IMD to me and now I know exactly what he meant. Exactly!

Although I am surprised about how tough program is, I have also come to realize that I am very happy to work with my classmates. Life at IMD is tough, but alumni I speak to always tell me they would go back to IMD if they could. And I am already assured that my experience here will be one of the best highlights in my life. This is all about people. Surrounded by the right people in the right place. I can’t wait to see where else this adventurous journey takes me.

Before coming to IMD, I spent ten years in agricultural commodity trading in Japan and Singapore covering markets in Japan and Southeast Asian countries. As a trader, I travelled to more than ten countries including USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I have always been happy to visit new places and meet new people.

I love team sports such as baseball and volleyball but due to current time constraints, I have started training for a marathon, bike and swimming. I would like to train and join a triathlon competition in Switzerland if time allows. (if…)




Thank you

Throughout this year, the blog has offered us a small glimpse into the journey of 90 MBAs. We have read about their initial expectations and seen how they came together as a group and as teams. There have been stories about individual impressions, struggles and momentous occasions. We have gained insights into their projects and learnings as well as moments of friendship and fun. And there has been so much more.

Sharing is a gift and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have taken the time to share with us. The IMD MBA is a one-year program with a reputation for its intensity, and yet participants still took the time to reflect on their experiences and compose text and images that offered us a glimpse into their lives.

So, to our bloggers Mo, Priyanka, Lucien and Sathappan as well as all of the guest bloggers from this year’s class, I would like to extend a warm thank you.

Please don’t stop sharing, keep in touch and let us know how the journey continues.


The MBA class of 2017 has graduated!

I think my two favourite days of the MBA program are the first and last – there’s just so much emotion and positive energy floating around that it’s impossible not to be caught up in it.

Last night the MBAs and their families gathered with IMD Faculty and staff at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne for the beginning of the official graduation celebrations. Set in an atmosphere of triumph and of people overcoming the odds at Olympic Games around the world, we were entertained by members of the class as they told stories and shared memories, videos and photos.

Today though, was the culmination of all of this year’s achievements, the graduation. The traditional procession of MBAs into the auditorium lead by Faculty in their gowns; the speeches of inspiration, future promises and advice; the shared jokes; the farewells – but not goodbyes. And of course, the distribution of the diplomas, the moment when each one of our 90 participants become one of our graduates and alumni.

Amongst the audience we also welcomed back alumni from different years, some of whom had come to cheer on their own family members who have followed in their earlier footsteps.

The Guest Speaker, Mr Skou, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller-Mærsk, was also one of our alumni, having graduated from the IMD MBA in 1997. He focused on the importance of purpose and hard work and the need for great leaders in business who can make the world a better place.

Congratulations to all of our graduates – it’s been a privilege for us to work with you. Enjoy the rest of your journey and be sure to stay in touch!




Welcome by Professor Ralf Boscheck, Dean of the IMD MBA Program

Address by Søren Skou, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Graduation Guest Speaker

Distribution of Degrees

Announcement of Awards

Address by Professor Jean-François Manzoni, President of IMD

Address by Zehra Ali & Daniel Kearney, IMD MBA 2017 Graduates on behalf of the Graduating Class

Concluding Remarks by Professor Ralf Boscheck, Dean of the IMD MBA Program

Followed by Cocktail reception & class picture

The 2017 Graduation ceremony approaches!

It has finally arrived – the last week! Each year seems to go faster and faster, and I wonder if it’s the same for the MBAs? It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming a new set of 90 participants at our opening fair and now it’s already time to celebrate all that they have accomplished as they set off on the next stage of their journeys!

The graduation ceremony will take place this Friday, 8th December, starting at 10h30.

If you would like to follow the celebrations, the full ceremony will be streamed online at:

And of course, long and short videos will be made available as soon as possible after the event on our YouTube channel and a selection of photos will be posted on Flickr.

Meanwhile, in true IMD style, the MBAs have a fully-loaded last week of activities, celebrating and acknowledging their achievements, and preparing them to say goodbye and to embrace their new futures – and hopefully to stay in touch!

We wish them all the best.






2018 Scholarship winners announced!

The MBA scholarship deadline was 30th September, and by midnight an impressive number of thought-provoking essays had reached us.

It is always inspiring to see the amount of effort that people put into writing their scholarship essays. They offer a clear insight into business trends of the time, combined with personal anecdotes, new angles and even the occasional bit of humour!

Each year, the scholarship committee faces the challenge of going through all the applications, reading and assessing the essays, discussing and arguing for our favorites, selecting finalists to be sent to external juries, and then waiting for the definitive selection to know who has actually been nominated as the winners of the various scholarships.

This year, we are proud to announce that 34 IMD Scholarships were awarded, meaning that we have been able to help 38% of the 2018 class.

The 34 winners have been informed and announced to the class, but we would like to thank everyone who submitted an application for their time and effort. We would also like to thank our external sponsors and juries for helping us to increase the number of scholarships we were able to offer this year, and for their help in the tough selection process.

Here are a couple of responses we received from winners:

André Cepêda, Brazil/Portugal

“The Emerging Markets scholarship goes beyond enabling the pursuit of world-class executive education; it sets a moral commitment for me to retribute by helping people to reach their full potential along my career after MBA.”

Sara Jamil, France/Morocco

“I am honoured to have been selected for the IMD MBA Merit Scholarship. It means a great deal to me…This gesture simply confirmed my initial intuition about IMD: an authentic MBA program that first and foremost fosters merit and diversity.”

We look forward to welcoming the new candidates to campus in January!